In the interests of my fellow Melbournian collectors who visit the blog, I like to keep everyone updated on the local events (if you want me to highlight a fair in your local area, please let me know, it could be anywhere in the world!).

1912 Titanic Mourning BearToday is an obscure one but as I’ve highlighted before, things like the Titanic Mourning Bear do pop up in some capacity, so it’s relevant and a hell of a lot of fun.

This one is:

The Annual 28th Doll Fair

Malvern Town Hall (Mel Ref: 59 D7)

April 16th (Saturday): 10am-4pm
April 17th 10am-3:30pm

A Day At The Great Collector’s Heaven Fair, Malvern Town Hall, 2010

The Ancillary Room

When you hear the word ‘collectables’ next to ‘fair’, then you can be sure that antiques are taking a back seat to things like toys, movie memorabilia and the occasional trading card. Being a bit of a renaissance man when it comes to my passions, this doesn’t bother me in the slightest, but if I were purely about antiques, I’d be setting myself up for disappointment. Why so? On average, I’d say that the Malvern Collectables Fair was about 5% antiques and 95% Star Trek. As I said, it doesn’t bother me, but if you’ve made the voyage to find some wonderful old things, you may leave feeling disappointed.

Venue

A Day At The Great Collector’s Heaven Fair, Malvern Town Hall, 2010

A foggy Melbourne morning... waiting for antiques...

The Malvern Town Hall and I have a long history together. It’s one of the places where I’ve given talks on old jewellery, purchased some amazing things and also been offended by the acronym ‘P.O.A’ on jewellery (something that always brings me down), but I do love it. Compared to yesterday’s Geelong Town Hall, Malven obviously scored the money from the government, as it’s lofty enough to pack in a good amount of sellers and even its secondary room is big enough to fit them in. Much the same as yesterday’s town hall, this one has its little room off to the side (upon reflection, most in Melbourne do), and it was utilised quite well by the sellers. All in all, rather well laid out for a venue that we had to wait in line for.

Incidents (did any body odour or sweat rub off on you?)
Well, the Lady K and I slept in this morning and still made it to the venue on time, I was informed that it was opening at 9am, but it seemed to be closer to 9:30am, as we arrived and there was quite a line of people waiting to get in. I’ve been crammed in some horrible situations before, mostly multimedia (i.e comic) conventions, where (as a small lad), I’ve been literally been squeezed and lifted between the shoulders of rather mammoth men in unwashed shirts that have dragged me into the line of fanboys waiting to wave from the audience of the female celebrity de jour. Ok, that got a little personal *ahem*, but thankfully, the Malvern Collectables Fair was quite the opposite, though while there were quite the multimedia aficionados at the venue, there was no over-crowding or discomfort in the slightest. Hurrah for Malvern!

Spoils of War

A Day At The Great Collector’s Heaven Fair, Malvern Town Hall, 2010

The Main Hall

Well… I have my sights on a mourning set at the moment, so I had to restrain myself from buying a lovely serpent-surrounded early 19th century brooch (around 1820), with pearls on the inside. The only thing that let me down was the loss of the hairwork inside, but otherwise it was in perfect condition. After I was told how much it was my a rather unwitting dealer, I thought that if he was charging so much, I’d let him know more about it, so I promptly gave him the history of the piece in detail. So, I suppose I helped the karmic alignment of the world with my little speech somehow, but I doubt it. He also had one of the nicest fleams that I’ve ever seen, but I have a nice one like it, so I didn’t bother. Nothing more to speak of, jewellery buffs! Oh, I did get a DVD of the original Wicker Man for no money, so it wasn’t a total loss.

Would I Go Again?
Well, they hold these every 4 or so months, so you bet I’ll go again! I can’t wait for the next one, when (hopefully) my desire for very expensive jewellery isn’t getting in the way of my boyish passion for old tat.

To Summarise
Lots of fun, lots of miscellaneous odds and ends for collectors young and old! Go to your nearest venue when it is next held, be it Sandown or Mornington, those are often larger and more fun to spend a day at, but Malvern did not disappoint today and my blood is pounding for more antiques action!

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